Yesterday we got the Wear Ranch cattle and calves shipped off to the sale barn. Then, we went south to sort and trailer back another group of calves. Was a beautiful day for working them.
Today will be spent working a little on the truck and trailer, getting ready for the clinic this weekend. I think most of the arrangements are in order, thanks to Sue our host.
After I get done with the truck and trailer I will head over to Ted’s to work with Zeb. He is loading in the trailer like a champ now. Will try to get pictures if I can find my camera. Depending on how things go we may try his first saddle with me, this afternoon.
This clinic we are going to spend a lot of time working on leg yields. This is something that I have heard from several of the folks attending the clinic this weekend. This is a pretty important skill if you need to open a gate from the saddle or you don’t want to avoid a limb that is hang in the trail. We will work on the skill on the ground in the morning and then in the saddle in the afternoon.
Backing up seems to be another skill that folks need some help with. Most folks use their hands to get the horse to back up. They will pull back with their hands to get the horse to it. That works, but it also gets the horse to stick his nose in the air to avoid the bit in his mouth. It’s the method we learned from watching westerns on t.v..
I teach it a little different so the horse does not resent backing up and is more willing. Will be fun to show this to those at the clinic and those that come to watch.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.